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Judah (Judah Vivancos) is a dancer. He’s a beautiful dancer and a beautiful man, lithe and muscled and with perfect razor-angled stubble. He dances primarily with the alluring Rebekah (Leonor Campillo), and while their choreographer and director have a lot to say about how they can improve, director Manu Herrera’s camera captures their performance with an intimacy and goosebump-inducing sensuality.

Judah has a thing for redheads like Rebekah. He is intoxicated by her presence, filled with a carnal desire for her… and an overpowering need to both consummate and consume that desire. Which is to say: when they finally start to date, and finally wind up having sex, he is unable to help himself from tearing into her flesh and eating until he can barely move, bathing himself in her blood.

At first he is distraught, writing in his journal that the man he thought he was is now gone, and he needs to figure out how to live with this new desire. Now that his hunger has been awakened, he finds it impossible to control; when he’s not dancing, he goes on the prowl, stalking the night for redheads he can devour.

Eventually, Judah meets a new redhead, a man named Javier (Javier Caraballo). They are paired up in rehearsal, the director looking to see how the piece works with two men dancing as doubles of one another rather than as a male/female couple. The result is wildly successful. Judah is intoxicated by Javier in a whole new way, and he’s smitten. In his diary, this one he’s comfortable calling “love.” But… he’s still hungry.

Hunger is a curious film. It’s aesthetically fascinated by bodies: bodies in motion, bodies writhing in pleasure and in pain, bodies torn apart by the teeth of a lover. It’s also very quiet. Long stretches of the film contain nothing but wordless sequences of dance and rest, stretching and preparation and more dance, all backed by a stunning, beautiful score by Joan Martorell. In fact, it at times feels as though the film is primarily a dance film rather than a horror film, that the horror elements are just a frame upon which to hang the dance sequences. - Eric Langberg, https://thequeerreview.com

Co-presented by San Francisco Dance Film Festival and Another Hole in the Head

  • Runtime
    108 minutes
  • Country
  • Director
    Manu Herrera